CITY ISLAND PASSES (FIRST) TWO MILLION BUCKS!
This weekend, "City Island" climbed one more rung up the box office chart to number 17, with a more than healthy per screen average of $2810 on 269 theaters. The news is all good, witness the report from the front office:
Weekend Rank in Complex:
#1 – 64
#2 – 32
#3 – 19
#4 – 9
#5 – 10
TOP 5 SCREENS FOR COMBINED FRI-SATE:
#1 – Bethesda Row in Wash DC/Maryland
#2 – Farmingdale 14 in Farmingdale NY
#3 – Landmark in LA
#4 – Plaza Frontenac in St Louis
#5 – Camelview 5 in Phoenix S total)
Next 5 are: AMC Raceway 10 (Westbury NY), The Beekman (NYC), Town Center 5 (Encino, CA), Fallbrook 7 (West Hills/LA, CA) and Shadowood 16 (West Palm)
Joe Williams, from the St. Louis Post Dispatch, writes in this article about the burgeoning phenomenon of our movie--it seems to be a hit in St. Louis, a place where one might not expect a Bronx-based Italian-American comedy to play as well as it does. Similarly we've been doing bang up business in places like Arizona, Minneapolis, Colorado, Maryland, Miami, etc.
Oh, and click here to read my final Salon column, a pithy collection of words of wisdom from various directors. I loved doing this column but, frankly, am out of gas. This blog, however, will roll on and on...and on...and on...and...
And I'm so pleased that so many of you have chosen to write to me with your reactions to the movie. Below is a terrific
note I received from Elaine M. Lundberg, who specializes in "humor therapy". Check out her website and stuff--but first
read the kind of letter that makes the eight years of struggle getting this thing made and into theaters absolutely worth it.
Raymond~ I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed watching City
Island. As a Humor Therapist I speak to groups all over the country on
Laughter- The Duct Tape That Can Help Hold You Together! Often the
audiences are comprised of cancer survivors or caretakers. I am going to
suggest they all watch your film. Thanks for bringing laughter to our
fragile earth. Best wishes for continued success.
Peace and laughter~
Elaine M. Lundberg, M.A., Humor Therapist
Author of the books:
If They're Laughing, They're Not Killing Each Other!
No More Bummers!
Thanks Elaine. Now catch the below which I just caught--a little interview with A.G. at the Newport Film Festival about a month ago. Does every city/town/burgh in the country now have its own film festival? Answer: yeah...
Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 9:16 AM